In December 2018/January2019 we collated your feedback on behalf of the Department of Education and Training (DET) for a Ministerial briefing on the posibility of increased regulation of higher education course accreditation. With our Members we researched and compiled a comprehensive briefing draft that we delivered to DET in January 2019. It is our understanding that the facts put forward in our briefing draft dissuaded the Minister’s office from rushing into new regulation of the accreditation of higher education courses.
“On behalf of the Board of the Australian Council of Professions, I am saddened to advise of the passing last weekend of our friend, colleague and former President, Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP. Brenda was respected by us all as a leader and mentor within the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Council of Professions and across the professions that our organisation represents. She was fearless in her advocacy of the value of professionalism and the maintenance of the highest standards of professional and ethical practice. Brenda served as our President in 2017-18 and as President of the Australian Computer Society in 2014-15. She was chair and immediate past chair of the International Professional Practice Program (IP3).”
In February 2018 we explored and collated our Members‘ views and opinions by convening a Members‐Only Forum to provide formal input into the “Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review Terms of Reference” project conducted by Prof Christine Ewan for the Federal Department of Education and Training (DET).
The Australian Council of Professions (“Professions Australia”) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow for greater collaboration and sharing of information between the two organisations.
TEQSA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anthony McClaran, said the signing further strengthened the existing relationship between two organisations who both share a strong interest in protecting the quality of Australian higher education. “I am very pleased for the opportunity to formalise this arrangement with Professions Australia which will see us work closely to share information,” Mc McClaran said. “The relationships we are building with industry professional bodies will ultimately assist TEQSA to streamline regulation and reduce the accreditation demand on providers.”
Professions Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Liz Lang, said she was delighted to sign the agreement on behalf of member associations who represent more than 420,000 professionals nationwide. “This MoU will help TEQSA to reach out and increase its engagement with the professional associations represented by Professions Australia and enable information sharing and collaboration between TEQSA and the professions,” Ms Lang said. “We have a mutual interest in maintaining and improving the quality of higher education for students who graduate and practise as professionals across Australia.”